John W. Rogers, who served in numerous production capacities at various studios during his four-decade career, died July 1 at home in Tarzana, Calif., after a lengthy battle with a neurological disorder. He was 82.
A native of Buffalo, N.Y., he relocated to Los Angeles when his father, Charles R. Rogers, became a production executive for Universal Studios and RKO. (A few of the senior Rogers’ film producing credits include “My Man Godfrey” in 1936 and “The Fabulous Dorseys” in 1947).
After World War II service in the U.S. Army Signal Corps, Rogers worked variously as a producer, assistant director and production manager, with many feature credits, including the 1953 Ronald Reagan starrer “Law and Order.”
Rogers also served as a unit production manager on “Blade Runner” (1982) and the Frank Sinatra comedy “Dirty Dingus Magee” (1970). As an assistant director he worked on the TV series “Mission: Impossible.”
Later, Rogers worked as a production executive at 20th Century Fox and Warner Bros. Television, which he retired from in 1990.
He is survived by his wife, Patricia, and his daughters, Alycia, a videotape librarian, and Pattye, a film editor.
Family suggests memorial contributions to Regents of UC for ALS Research, Medical Service Development, 10945 Le Conte Ave., Suite 31-32, Los Angeles, CA 90095.